Wait

Wait

, n. [OF. waite, guaite, gaite, F. guet watch, watching, guard, from OHG. wahta. See Wait, v. i.]
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1. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
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There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican town of El Paso.
S. B. Griffin.
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2. Ambush. "An enemy in wait." Milton.
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3. One who watches; a watchman. [Obs.]
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4. pl. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular. [Obs.] Halliwell.
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5. pl. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen.

[Written formerly wayghtes.]

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Hark! are the waits abroad?
Beau. & Fl.
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The sound of the waits, rude as may be their minstrelsy, breaks upon the mild watches of a winter night with the effect of perfect harmony.
W. Irving.
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To lay wait, to prepare an ambuscade. -- To lie in wait. See under 4th Lie.
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